Big Shotz takes sports-bar cuisine to next level

by Charles Womack

In September of 2006, Betty Ashby and John Edwards opened their first Big Shotz Tavern in the village of Clemmons.

As long-time residents of the Lewisville/Clemmons areas, Ashby, a retired school teacher and Edwards a local builder, teamed up and began their successful venture.

A year after the successful opening of their first location, a second location was opened in Winston-Salem and, just last month, they opened a third location in Statesville.

“Things are going really well,” said Assistant General Manager Dan Rodgers on a recent visit to the flagship location. “During the holiday season things really ramp up with private parties, church groups, school gatherings having their get-togethers and we see a lot more families coming out to dine with us.”

Rodgers noted that some of their most popular items include crab dip, nachos and 10 different flavors of wings for appetizers. The Asian grilled chicken and Big Shotz salads are both well ordered as are the salmon, chicken penne pasta and the St. Louis ribs.

“We go through 40 racks a day of the ribs,’ Rodgers said. “and we make all our salad dressings, potato salad in house.”

On my recent visit, it didn’t take me long to notice, in bright yellow a stand-out appetizer item I had to try: The black & bleu wings, which come seasoned and marinated in a Big Shotz signature blend of spices and topped with melted bleu cheese are fantastic! These are nothing like any other wings I have ever had. The wings are hot and crispy and likened to some amazing fried chicken. Scattered chunks of blue cheese adds to the diverse mixture of flavors and an additional dipping sauce of a smooth-blended bleu cheese can be used to intensify the effect.

For my entr’e I went for the Baja fish taco platter. My plate was filled with three beautiful, soft-flour tacos filled with tilapia, fresh pineapple salsa, and a homemade Asian slaw. The dish was served with seasoned rice and Cuban black beans.

I was very pleased to find something of this quality and diversity at a sports-type restaurant and tip my hat, and scale, to their originality. The spicy dish was a joy to dig into and the freshness of the many flavors came thru for a winning menu item.

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Big Shotz Tavern 1480 River Ridge Drive, Clemmons 109 S. Stratford Road, Winston-Salem 1531-A Cinema Drive, Statesville